Category: Concerts and Performing Arts
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Handel's operatic look at Ancient Rome is performed by the English National Opera in London, with women singers in the heroes' roles. Janet Baker, Sarah Walker, Valerie Masterson, and James Bowman star; Charles Mackerras conducts. 180 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Recorded live at Australia's famed Sydney Opera House, this memorable performance brings Handel's moving retelling of the relationship between Julius Caesar and Cleopatra vividly to life. The stellar cast includes Graham Pushee, Yvonne Kenny. 3 1/2 hrs. Standard; Soundtrack: Italian Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English. In Italian ... more
The seduction of Cesare (Sarah Connolly) by the exotic Cleopatra (Danielle de Niese) is rendered with daring passion in this production of Handel's opera. The lavish Glyndebourne Festival production also stars Patricia Bardon, William Christie, and Christophe Dumaux. 5 hrs. total on three discs. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: Italian ... more
Handel: Giulio Cesare(2011)
They were the two most powerful people in the world, but the love that drew them together would lead to their downfall. Coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay is Cleopatra, with countertenor Lawrence Zazzo as Julius Caesar, in this Opera National de Paris staging of Handel's popular historical composition. With Varduhi Abrahamyan, Isabel ... more
The setting of Handel's moving oratorio about the love between a Roman officer and a Christian woman is updated from 4th-century Antioch to 1900s America by noted stage director Peter Sellars in this Glyndebourne Festival presentation. Dawn Upshaw, David Daniels, and Frode Olsen star. 3 1/2 hrs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby ... more
An obscure, 8th-century plot of ancient intrigues is updated to the era of silent movies, in Jean-Marie Villegier's innovative adaptation of the Handel opera. William Christie conducts this performance which stars Anna Caterina Antonacci, Kurt Streit and Umberto Chiummo. 3 1/3 hrs. Standard; ... more
Forced from his throne by invaders, Lombardy king Bertardio fakes his own death while planning his return. Meanwhile, Bertardio's wife, Rodelinda, must fend off the advances of his usurper. Handel's operatic tale is moved from medieval times to the 1700s in this stirring Met staging. Renee Fleming, Andreas Scholl, Joseph Kaiser, ... more
A highly erotic staging of the Handel opera is delivered at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, with Catherine Naglestad assuming the title role of a magical seductress finally brought to heel after a long career transforming knights into plants, animals, and stones. Alice Coote, Rolf Romei, and Michael Ebbecke take on supporting roles; Alan ... more
Handel's ravishing three-act opera relates an epic account of Tartar ruler Tamerlane, the 15th-century descendant of Genghis Khan who falls in love with the daughter of the Turkish sultan he captures at the battle of Angora. This revival, staged during the 50th annual Handel festival at the Halle on the Saale, features Monica Bacelli, ... more
The saga of Semele, mated to Zeus and mother of Dionysus according to Greek myth, is given a bold recitation in modern dress in this revival of the Handel opera. This production staged at the Zurich Opera House includes Cecilia Bartoli in the title role, along with Liliana Nikiteanu, Isabel Rey, and Charles Workman in supporting roles; ... more